500 Consecutive Days: An Exceptional Run for Shelter!

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Tim Necas, Team CCO

Most people would never consider running 500 days straight through snow, heat, rain, and a global pandemic but Tim Necas is not most people. Tim’s desire to break a former running streak of 35 days in a row gradually turned into a personal mission to run 500 consecutive days. He did it while raising funds for those experiencing homelessness at CCO.

On June 10, 2020, Tim committed to running a minimum of 5 kilometers per day, for 40 consecutive days. That commitment lengthened to 80 days, then 100 days. On Day 250, February 7, 2021, the temperature dropped to -4 degrees Fahrenheit but Tim persisted.

As time marched on, so did Tim. He set a goal to run 333 consecutive days and when he had achieved that, he decided to go for the one-year mark. A few weeks later, Tim met that goal and committed to running for 400 days. He hit that target as well. On October 15, 2021, Tim finally crossed the finish line of this stunning journey. He had run 500 days straight and he did it for CCO shelter guests!

So far, Tim has raised over $1000. If you would like to show your support for CCO while recognizing Tim’s astounding commitment to those experiencing homelessness, please visit his gofundme page. Tim has also used his gofundme page to chronicle his running diary. If you’d like more details about his 500-day journey you will find it there. Are you curious about Team CCO and how you can run for shelter? Visit the Team CCO page for more information.

Thank you, Tim, and all who have shown support for his incredible run!

Cornerstone Food Pantry

Every Wednesday. Doors open at 9:30a, till 11:30am
Where: 4628 North Clifton Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640

“Every Wednesday over 150 people gather in the CCO dining room to “shop” for nutritious food. Canned vegetables, meat, pasta, grains, nuts, boxed food, and more, a wide variety of groceries are offered each week and over 25% consist of nutritious, fresh fruits and vegetables. The majority of CCO food pantry patrons are senior citizens. The bags of groceries they take home provides the financial relief needed to pay rent, obtain important prescription medications, or other necessities, on a fixed income.”

If you would like to volunteer, please contact us through ccolife.org/volunteer

from – http://www.ccolife.org/cco-food-pantry/

Run for Shelter!

Team CCO went the extra mile to help alleviate homelessness at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon! It’s not too late to donate. All the funds raised by Team CCO goes directly to support homeless families and adults at CCO!
We are impressed and grateful to every one of the Team CCO marathon runners who trained, fundraised and raised homeless awareness for Cornerstone families and single adults! We also want to thank everyone who joined us in the Charity Block cheer tent! Of course, we can’t forget all those who donated to CCO through our fabulous runners! This year, over $12,000 was raised to help alleviate homelessness in Chicago. If you’d like to make a donation today, visit our Team CCO Marathon page here.
These dollars represent practical help that will go toward nutritious meals, safe shelter, supportive services, and other essential needs for those sheltered at CCO.

Thank you, Hunger Walkers!

 

33rd Annual Hunger Walk!

Nearly 50 volunteers walked 3.1 miles at this year’s Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) Hunger Walk. CCO staff, volunteers, and supporters came together to fight hunger in Chicago. Their efforts produced 11,000 pounds of food for families and individuals sheltered at CCO.

Each step increased CCO’s food allowance with the GCFD, which in turn, will go toward nutritious meals for our shelter guests, food pantry patrons, and dinner guests. Thank you to everyone who joined us at this fun event!

Team CCO Charity Tent Photo Album

Click the link above to see our Charity Tent Photo Album on Facebook!

The Team CCO Charity Team volunteers felt privileged to be a part of this year’s Chicago marathon! We are so proud of everyone on Team CCO who went 26.2 miles to help the families and singles sheltered at CCO. It’s not too late to donate. Click here see all the runners who have worked to raise funds and homeless awareness. Thank you!

Freestore Public Day : 65 Shop!

“I can find a lot of clothes for my family at the Freestore.  I don’t have to worry about going out and buying clothes while I’m homeless. I can always find something new and CCO has a good variety. That’s how I’m blessed by the Freestore.”    – Victoria, Freestore patron

Over 65 Uptown neighbors shopped through free clothing and household items last week at the Cornerstone Freestore! Your gently-used donated items make the Freestore possible.

Families and single adults sheltered at CCO shop in the Freestore each week to meet basic clothing needs. Over 80% of new shelter guests have no income and even shopping at a thrift store is not possible. The CCO Freestore stands in the gap and your donations help those in need find basic essentials that will help them find clothing for school, job training, employment interviews, or just day-to-day living.

Thank you for supporting our shelter guests and neighbors in this way! If you haven’t donated goods to CCO in the past consider donating your gently-used items. Spread the word, and let your co-workers, neighbors, and church members, know that they can donate gently-used items or financially! Click here to learn more.

If you are in need of clothing, shoes, and household items visit the Freestore on our next public day, September 28.

Thank you Fight2Feed!

Fight2Feed Serves Up a Delicious Mother’s Day Dinner!

Fight2Feed has really gone above and beyond again! Thank you to all the Fight2Feed volunteers who purchased, prepped, chopped, simmered, and baked a delicious dinner for #MothersDay at CCO. Our shelter families and single adults were blessed with delicious lemon chicken, BBQ chicken, sloppy joes, fresh carrots, green beans and much more. Dessert was also served and the children got special treats.

Through food rescue, reduced cost food purchases, and a group of organized and energized volunteers, Fight2Feed fights hunger in Chicago and beyond. We are proud to say that this vibrant organization has partnered with CCO and provides healthy, delicious meals to our shelter guests and our homeless friends on the street.

The volunteers at Fight2Feed are working to go nationwide with their mission which is, “fighting hunger with rescued food and mobilizing it to friends in need.”

Thank you, Fight2Feed! #f2fMonday #nokidhungry #ccolife #Fight2Feed 

*All image and photo credit goes to Fight2Feed.

Save the Hunger Walk Date!

Save the Date!

The 32 nd Annual Greater Chicago Food Depository Hunger Walk will step off on Saturday, September 16, 2017. The 5k walk normally takes place in late-June but the fun has been moved to September this year. Plan to join us and help boost CCO’s food allotment with the Food Depot by bringing your family and friends along this September. Your walk will help our shelter guests and food pantry patrons get the food they need.

Stay tuned for more information about how you can fight hunger in Chicago!

Jakil’s “Blessing Bags”

“It speaks volumes about the character of the children and I appreciate it!” said one CCO shelter guest. An exceptional 9-year-old has visited CCO for the second time to bless those experiencing homelessness. Jakil Jackson, came to CCO to give encouragement and hygiene bags to the families and single adults sheltered with us. Jakil organized his friends and family to sort, fill, and distribute the bags.

Jakil may be one of the youngest philanthropists to bless CCO. Jakil told one news source, “In a perfect world, I would buy every homeless person a house. But since I can’t do that, I will try to help as much as I can.” He certainly does. Bags are filled with everyday items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, comb, shampoo, soap, lotion, water, shaving cream, and a crisp white t-shirt. He has encouraged us with his smile and generosity! Thank you, Jakil!

Watch a Windy City News video segment featuring Jakil distributing his “Blessing Bags” at CCO, by clicking here.

The Gift of Stewart Brown

(http://vimeo.com/ccolife/thegiftofstewartbrown)

A CCO Original Video by the wonderful folks at nine3nine Creative. Click to watch!

Over a decade ago, Stewart Brown, his mother, and his little sisters were homeless and needed shelter. They came to CCO, and from that moment on, Stewart has been a part of our lives, giving his all, for all of us, using his endless energy and excitement within CCO and well beyond.

Stewart is a giver. No matter the weather, the time, the location, the effort required, the distance, no matter who’s in need, no matter the sacrifice, Stewart is a giver.

Stewart gives a smile, gives a greeting, gives acceptance, gives a hug, gives food, gives a fist bump, gives a hand, gives a rebuke, gives encouragement, gives joy, gives thanks.

Stewart blesses us. He is a giver and he is our gift, Cornerstone’s gift, Uptown’s gift, and Chicago’s gift!

Thank you, Stewart, for being you!

  • Special thanks go to Nathan Cameron, Ian Harris!